Norfolk Chamber Music Summer Season Begins

The Emerson Quartet will perform at Norfolk Chamber Music Festival on Aug. 9. Photo by Lisa Marie Mazzucco

Felix Mendelssohn was a beloved Romantic composer. But his sister Fanny produced many works equal in stature to her famous brother’s.

Of the same generation, Robert Schumann died in a mental asylum at age 46, leaving behind an astonishing legacy of symphonies, concertos, piano works, and songs. But his wife Clara, widely considered one of the great virtuoso pianists of her time, largely suppressed her own compositional talents to support her troubled husband.

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